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Africa on Ancient Coins
Hadrian, 11 August 117 - 10 July 138 A.D.

|Hadrian|, |Hadrian,| |11| |August| |117| |-| |10| |July| |138| |A.D.||as|
Curtis Clay convincingly argues that Hadrian's "travel" coins naming provinces, including those having him arrive in a province, with "ADVENTVS" legends, restoring a province, with "RESTITVTORI" legends, and those having him address a provincial army, with "EXERCITVS" legends, were actually issued beginning soon after his safe return to Rome from his second journey in 131 A.D. Most references date them after 134 A.D.
RB99084. Copper as, RIC II-3 1615 (S), BMCRE III 1714, Cohen II 145, Strack 708, SRCV II 3673, Hunter II 604 var. (bare head), aVF, excellent portrait, centered on a tight flan, toned bare (cleaned) copper, light corrosion, weight 11.255 g, maximum diameter 25.0 mm, die axis 180o, Rome mint, 131 - 138 A.D.; obverse HADRIANVS AVG COS III P P, laureate bust right, seen from behind; reverse AFRICA, Africa reclining left, wearing elephant scalp headdress, scorpion in right hand, cornucopia in left hand, basket with fruits and grain before her, S C (senatus consulto) in exergue; ex Numismatic Naumann auction 104 (4 Jul 2021), lot 821; scarce; $220.00 SALE PRICE $198.00


Hadrian, 11 August 117 - 10 July 138 A.D.

|Hadrian|, |Hadrian,| |11| |August| |117| |-| |10| |July| |138| |A.D.||denarius|
Hadrian traveled to nearly every province of the Empire and spent more than half his reign outside Italy. Nero had been criticized as self-indulgent for his trip to Greece, but Hadrian proudly advertised his travels with his coinage series. Unlike Nero, the pleasure-seeking tourist, Hadrian inspected and corrected the legions and made grants for the construction of new public buildings, projects, and settlements. Hadrian travels were intended to transform conquered lands into a unified Roman Empire.
SH51678. Silver denarius, RSC II 138, BMCRE III 816, RIC II 299, gVF, weight 3.219 g, maximum diameter 18.3 mm, die axis 180o, Rome mint, 134 - 138 A.D.; obverse HADRIANVS AVG COS III P P, laureate head right; reverse AFRICA, Africa reclining left, wearing elephant scalp headdress, scorpion in right hand, scepter in left hand, basket grain and poppies at her feet on far side; ex CNG auction 240, lot 383 (sold for $310 plus buyer's fee); SOLD







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